Experience a taste of Southern Africa’s best in Botswana’s Chobe and Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and Mozambique. Here’s a popular itinerary we know you’ll love.
Livingstone (Victoria Falls) – 2 nights (Stanley Safari Lodge)
One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders” this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.
Day 1: Activities: Guided tour of the Victoria Falls (Zambian and Zimbabwean side), Mountain biking, Walking safaris in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park (to see Rhinos), Village and museum tour.
Day 2: Activities: Guided tour of the Victoria Falls (Zambian and Zimbabwean side – visas and entry fees are not included), Mountain biking, Walking safaris in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park (to see Rhinos), Village and museum tour.
Chobe National Park – 3 nights (Elephant Valley Lodge)
Renowned for its impressive, shifting migratory population of more than 50 000 elephants, Chobe National Park is situated in the far north-east of Botswana, bordered to the north by the mighty Chobe River. It is the second largest national park in Botswana featuring four distinct eco-systems: the Savuti Channel in the west; the Linyanti Swamps in the northwest; the arid hinterland in between and Serondela in the extreme northeast with fertile plains and thick forests. This diversity of habitats provides a sanctuary to an astonishing array of African wildlife. In addition to spotting Chobe’s great pachyderm herds, you are likely to spot lion, leopard, hyena, wild dog, impala, waterbuck, kudu, zebra, wildebeest giraffe, and warthog. The park is also famous for its wonderful riverboat safaris, making Chobe an essential destination for any avid safari enthusiast.
Day 3: Game drive in Chobe National Park, Boat Safari on the Chobe river
Day 4: Game drive in Chobe National Park, Boat Safari on the Chobe river
Day 5: Game drive in Chobe National Park, Boat Safari on the Chobe river
Gweta – 1 night (Planet Baobab)
Known as the gateway to the Makgadikgadi Pans, the tiny old Botswanan village of Gweta is a pleasant place to stay while exploring the vast salt pans. Take a guided walk or quad bike ride through Gweta’s surrounds and discover flint-head spears and other artefacts abandoned by the area’s early Stone Age inhabitants. Experience a barbeque under the star-studded African sky while sipping on traditional, organic sorghum beer or a creamy baobab milkshake. During the rainy season, the Gweta area teems with zebra and wildebeest and these, in turn, attract hungry predators such as lion and cheetah. If a unique and interesting getaway is what you are after, Gweta won’t fail to impress.
Day 6: Activities available (not included): Horse riding (children 8 years and older are welcome), Game drive in the Ntwetwe Pan, Meerkats watching, Visit tof the local village (learn about the local Batswana culture), Baobab Bushwalk with a guide.
Khwai Community Area – 2 nights (Sango Safari Camp)
The Khwai area of the Okavango lies along the northern boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. This is an unfenced boundary allowing wildlife to move freely between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The Khwai area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve with the added advantage of being a private concession which means the ability to do walking safaris and night drives.
Day 7: Activities: Full day or 3-hour game drive in Moremi or Khwai reserves, Night drive in Moremi or Khwai reserves, Cultural Experience, Mekoro Trip
Day 8: Activities: Full day or 3-hour game drive in Moremi or Khwai reserves, Night drive in Moremi or Khwai reserves, Cultural Experience, Mekoro Trip
Maputo – 1 night (Radisson Blu Hotel Maputo)
Mozambique‘s capital, Maputo, is known for its well-preserved Portuguese colonial architecture. With its beautiful art deco architecture and its amazing setting on a hill overlooking the glittering Maputo Bay, the city of Maputo was once the Riviera of Southern Africa. Previously called Lourenco Marques, Maputo is Mozambique’s largest city and home to the country’s most prominent harbour. It is well-equipped with a wide selection of hotels, supermarkets, restaurants, a vibrant cultural scene and open-air sidewalk cafes lining the streets. Visitors can stroll down the jacaranda-lined streets of the Baixa neighbourhood in the Old Town, explore the Praca da Independencia square, discover the neoclassical City Hall and view the unique bronze-domed Maputo Railway Station. Other popular activities include: visiting the beautiful beaches at Catembe and Ponta d’Oura, and snorkelling and scuba diving in the warm Mozambican waters.
Santa Maria – 4 nights (Machangulo Beach Lodge)
Situated below Inhaca Island, the Santa Maria Peninsula, also known as the Machangulo Peninsula, is home to the little village of Santa Maria, which overlooks the beautiful Maputo Bay. Set amidst the mangroves, this little village oozes authentic Mozambican charm with its local restaurant and traditional market stalls. The surrounding area offers a variety of comfortable beachside accommodation dotting the coast and boasting spectacular views. Visitors can enjoy an array of activities such as: boat trips around the glistening bay, snorkelling in the calm turquoise waters, and enjoying a sundowner while listening to the gentle waves lapping the shore. Other popular activities include: deep sea fishing, scuba diving, bird watching, whale watching, kayaking, swimming and water skiing.
Day 10: Activities: Kayaking, Standup paddle, Relax beach picnics, Fishing, Snorkeling
Day 11: Activities: Kayaking, Standup paddle, Relax beach picnics, Fishing, Snorkeling
Day 12: Activities: Kayaking, Standup paddle, Relax beach picnics, Fishing, Snorkeling
Day 13: Activities: Kayaking, Standup paddle, Relax beach picnics, Fishing, Snorkeling